Grateful Dead Live at Exposition Center on 1971-03-21
--This is a fairly decent audience recording for the era. Within the lineage is a bootleg LP, and many vinyl related minor crackles can be heard in the recording.
--According to deadlists.com, the band only played this one short set at the show because they had to catch a plane.
--Truckin' is mentioned as part of the setlist at deadlists, though it is not on any recordings of the show
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Subject: Some additional info regarding this show...
Also, I would suggest that the Dead remarking that the show was terminated early because they had to catch a plane was probably contrived to avoid a crowd riot. The show had been oversold by twice the estimated capacity of 2500 (at $2.50 a ticket). There were approximately 5000 of us packed in as tightly as one could be, sitting on a hard concrete floor with no room to move.
I suspect the show was cut short by the local fire marshalls when they discovered how much the crowd exceeded the legal limit. The Dead had to catch a plane? They were literally across the street from the airport.
Also the show was a full afternoon festival featuring a local band called "Ox" (fronted by future long-time Johhny Winter bassist, Jon Paris) and followed by the New Riders of the Purple Sage (which, at that time, was a loose conglomeration of Dead musician-friends and members of the band (Garcia and Pigpen among them) on stage. This tour occured months before the NRPS Columbia Records debut.
Everything was pretty much on schedule - so the fact that the Dead only did a short 45 minutes set would not make sense. They would have certainly alotted a significant chunk of time for their set. And the fact that their set was completed before 8:00 would seem to indicate intervention from the local authorities, not a travel commitment.
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